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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

Theo Collins, MBC Policy TA

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This is familiar. I’‘ve been here, done this before. But setting sail in St. Georges Harbor and steering through the narrow cut still thrills. The Sargasso Sea greets us with slapping head-seas, waves nearly on our bow, and the boat’s pitching shakes all of the land habits (and food) out of our systems. I only arrived on Friday and have just recently met a lot of the students, but their excitement and anxiety shows. There’s a lot of work and a shrinking time window in which to do it. Now’s the time when we start applying pressure to the students to take on stronger leadership roles throughout both the navigation and science operations of the ship.


Callie Bateson, Rollins College

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Hello from Bermuda! Today was our last full day at port in Bermuda so we made sure to get in as many adventures as possible. With all-day bus passes in hand, all 14 students set out early in the morning for the other side of the island.

Although we had plans of going to a beach on the south side of Bermuda, we had no particular beach in mind. This led to an educated guess as to where our first stop of the day should be, and we made the right decision!


Manuel A. Nieves Ortiz, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Humacao

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Bermuda is just beautiful and full with excitement. Even though is not as warm as back home, Bermuda is a mix of the beautiful tropical world and the dynamic seasonal patterns that exalt Nature’s beauty. Today we got the opportunity to visit the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS) and got to talk with very interesting people. We learned about many of the seeds that travel floating around the ocean for a long time and sometimes reach Bermuda. Seeds that sometimes come from Costa Rica and even the Amazons in Brazil!


Brandon O’Brien, Cornell University

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Our arrival in Bermuda has not halted the steady march of science on board the Corwith Cramer! In between exciting field trips and some much-needed rest, students have been fighting the good fight to finish up molecular work for their projects. DNA extractions and PCR amplifications must be finished by Friday morning so that samples can be flown back to Woods Hole with MBLscientist Linda Amaral-Zettler for sequencing at the facilities there.


Victoria, A Watch, University of South Carolina

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Hello People of the Land,
What an incredible day for the Cramerites in Bermuda! Although we rose early, we eagerly rode the bus to the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo (BAMZ) where we boarded their boat. To do what you may ask? To go snorkeling off of the northern coral reefs.


Gracie Ballou, University of Vermont

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Greetings from Bermuda! It’s our tenth day-no wait, our third day in Bermuda?! The students had yesterday afternoon off, some ventured away to find Wi-Fi, others explored the small town of St. George’s where we are docked. A handful of us took a taxi to Clearwater bay to explore the beaches and parks. From the center of St. George’s we caught two cabs to Clearwater Beach, which is on the other side of the bay. If you have heard anything about Bermuda it is probably one of two things: the beautiful beaches and the extremely nice people.


Mika Tan, Middlebury College

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Today began our weeklong series of tours in Bermuda, starting with the organization that helped coordinate our safe entry into St. George’s harbor: Bermuda Radio.

Bermuda Radio operates 24/7, 365 days a year to coordinate all ship traffic, respond to maritime emergencies, and update weather/seas conditions for the waters in and around Bermuda.


Chelan Pauly, Whitman College

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Good evening! Our good friend Robbie, and resident Bermudian on the Cramer, taught us that some version of the phrase “good morning” “good afternoon” or “good evening” is the required salutation to keep in style and good standing with the local people. In our first 6 hours of free time on solid ground, it has proven itself true. Bermudian culture is surprisingly formal but following proper manners results in overwhelmingly friendliness… smiles, waves, and greetings for all.


Allison Work, Whitman College

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Just as we’re finally catching on to this whole life-at-sea thing, we’re thrown a new curveball: arrival in Bermuda! We are here one day early according to our itinerary, mainly because we made good time from San Juan and the weather forecast isn’t looking great for the next couple of days. We receive daily weather faxes while out at sea, so we’ve been tracking the southward progress of a significant cold front coming south from the East Coast. Predicted high winds and seas didn’t sound particularly peachy next to the option of an extra day in a calm port, so we motor sailed out of yesterday’s hove to position into Bermuda this afternoon.


Mandy Camp & Callie Bateson, Stetson University & Rollins College

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So, you have all heard about our science, but what is ship life really like? What do we do on “watch”? Our watch rotation is a means of keeping tabs on our progress and safety aboard the Corwith Cramer. There are two six-hour day shifts and three four-hour night shifts in a 24 hour period. A watch group typically is responsible for one day shift and one night shift, and these rotate in a three day cycle. So, on Monday you may have watch from 0700-1300, and then again from 2300-0300.


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